Monday, September 14, 2009

A More Perfect Death


As if there weren’t enough end-of-life anxieties floating around the health care debate, the Montana Supreme Court has chosen this month to weigh whether their state should join nearby Oregon and Washington in endorsing physician-assisted suicide.

What’s at stake is the right to voluntary euthanasia, not the sort of involuntary plug-pulling that some Republicans have claimed is concealed in the finer print of the current health care reform proposals. But you don’t have to share Sarah Palin’s death panel fears to see perils lurking at the intersection of physician-assisted suicide and health care reform.

1 comment:

Daughter of Eve said...

Did they happen to mention that in more than one case in OR, a patient was denied life-saving care, but told the state would help pay for their suicide? Yep, health care rationing IS HERE.